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Early Bird Ticket Sales for NoCo Hemp Hemp Expo 2017 End January 27

Posted on | January 14, 2017 | No Comments

Join the largest gathering of its kind in North America, where everyone has a role in Setting the Stage for Hemp Tomorrow

Loveland, CO — 01/14/2017 — Early bird tickets for NoCo Hemp Expo 2017 are on sale through January 27th. Industry experts from around the globe will be in attendance, and thousands of burgeoning entrepreneurs, investors, innovators, farmers, and consumers alike, will descend upon the Loveland location to join the hemp revolution currently underway in the USA.

The NoCo Hemp Expo Hall will be filled with exhibitors and sponsors showcasing a wide array of products, services, technology, and equipment that is set to open up a multi-billion dollar domestic industry in the next three to five years. Products include textiles and apparel, building materials, super foods, bodycare, personal wellness and health supplements, bio-plastics and composites, paper and specialty board products, nano-tech fiber technologies, extraction and processing equipment, and much more. This is where you will learn everything you need to learn about the non-psychoactive side of the cannabis plant. This is where you will learn that hemp is not marijuana.

Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama, differentiates industrial hemp from marijuana at the federal level, and legalizes the growth and production in states that have passed legislation and setup the regulatory framework through the department of agriculture. It defines industrial hemp as follows:
“The term ‘industrial hemp’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and ANY PART OF SUCH PLANT, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”

The 2014 Farm Bill language reaffirms and expands the 2004 Ninth Circuit Court’s ruling on imported industrial hemp in HIA vs. DEA that protects naturally occurring cannabinoids, including delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.

This week, Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado and Congressman Thomas Massie of Kentucky reintroduced the Industrial Hemp Farming Act which would completely remove Industrial Hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. “The federal ban on hemp has been a waste of taxpayer dollars that ignores science, suppresses innovation, and subverts the will of states that have chosen to incorporate this versatile crop into their economies,” said Representative Polis.

The NoCo Hemp Expo enters its fourth year at The Ranch Events Complex on March 31 and April 1, 2017, in Loveland, Colorado. The expo has grown from just over 300 attendees in 2014 to more than 3,000 in 2016. Attendance is expected to exceed 4,000 in 2017. These numbers reflect growth nationally in market interest and production of industrial hemp. Roughly 200 acres planted in various states in 2014 grew to more than 10,000 acres planted in 2016, with an additional 2 million+ square feet of indoor greenhouse space growing high cannabinoid, non-psychoactive hemp targeted for the health and wellness sectors of industry. More than 30 states have passed hemp legislation that effectively nullifies the outdated and incorrect inclusion of industrial hemp within the Controlled Substances Act.

Colorado Hemp Company president and NoCo Hemp Expo Founder Morris Beegle recently stated, “Industrial hemp, along with all of the nutritional, nutraceutical, health and wellness benefits, are one side of the beneficiary coin for those living in the United States. The other side includes the tremendous economical and environmental benefits of allowing farmers nationwide to grow hemp without impediment from the overreaching arm of the federal government. Industrial hemp is a crop that should be managed by the Department of Agriculture, just like corn, soy, and potatoes, and should not have interference from the DEA or FDA. Industrial hemp is an ag crop…period.”

About NoCo Hemp Expo 4, Colorado Hemp Company and TreeFreeHemp
WAFBA LLC (We Are For Better Alternatives) is home to the NoCo Hemp Expo, TreeFreeHemp and Colorado Hemp Company, located in Loveland, Colorado and operating since 2012. Areas of focus include product and brand development, marketing, printing, production, events and advocacy.

Learn more at NocoHempExpo.com, and find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Tune up your finances for the new year

Posted on | January 10, 2017 | No Comments

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I had the opportunity to write this piece for the new year and the January issue of a local magazine:

If you’re like many people, you enter 2017 with good intentions. Some common topics for those who want the coming year to be better than the last taking steps to improve health, relationships, travel more, and spend less and save more.

Where to start? Check your credit, make a budget, and schedule a meeting with a few key financial pros to help you get started and reach your goals.

Read the rest here: https://issuu.com/lydiasstyle/docs/2017-01_style-web/44

ADAPT Membership Yields Dividends for Reaction Systems

Posted on | January 3, 2017 | No Comments

Certification of 3D printed prototype helps win contract extension

Golden, CO – ADAPT, the Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies, a research consortium focused on developing technologies to accelerate the certification and qualification of 3D printed metal parts, has helped member company Reaction Systems win a two-year, $750K SBIR contract extension.

“This early success shows the value of collaboration between ADAPT members,” said ADAPT Technical Director Aaron Stebner.

With a Phase II SBIR project with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to develop a hypersonic jet engine part and a need for specialized additive manufacturing expertise, Reaction Systems turned to founding member company Faustson and ADAPT to create a prototype and keep moving the project forward.

David Wickham, Reaction Systems’ president and senior project manager, said, “The part has an intricate interior channel that can only be made this way. As it moves forward, our production volume will grow, and we’ll need ADAPT’s expertise to show the part can withstand rigorous conditions. They’ve already demonstrated they can provide useful data to help us do that, and membership helps us expand our capabilities and expertise in using catalysts on complex surfaces.”

Small manufacturers can’t justify the expense required to adopt emerging additive metal technology without a resource like ADAPT. Real-time monitoring costs hundreds of thousands of dollars they simply don’t have. ADAPT membership and access to shared resources, world-class expertise and peer organizations with complementary needs and services make it affordable for Faustson, Reaction Systems, and other small manufacturers to successfully invest in this emerging technology.

“We had no experience with additive manufacturing, and started looking around to find the expertise and resources we needed,” noted Reaction Systems COO Jeffrey Engel. “A contact at Mines connected us with founding member Faustson and ADAPT. That enabled us to quickly manufacture the part with the internal geometry it requires, something we could not have done with traditional machining techniques.”

Heidi Hostetter, ADAPT Industry Board Chair and VP of Faustson, said, “AFRL was right when they asked it to be made additively. A complex part, accelerated schedule, and low volume was tailor-made for 3D metal printing.”

Faustson worked with Reaction Systems to make the part in a few days on its Concept Laser machine. The R&D team at Mines then used the ADAPT lab equipment to characterize the part to show it met design specifications. The result was a two-year extension of the Reaction Systems contract, worth $750,000, to continue work on the part.

About ADAPT

The Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT) is a research and development organization dedicated to the creation of next-generation data informatics and advanced characterization technologies for additive manufacturing technologies. ADAPT uses these tools to help industry and government qualify, standardize, assess, and optimize advanced manufacturing processes and parts. Several levels of membership to the ADAPT consortium are available. Founding industry members include Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Faustson Tool, Lockheed Martin, Citrine Informatics. Grant funding from the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT) was provided to Manufacturer’s Edge and The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership. For more information, find ADAPT on the webLinkedInFacebook, or Twitter.

 About Reaction Systems

Reaction Systems, located in Golden, Colorado, develops leading-edge technologies, creating new products and processes and turning them into real commercial products. Much of this work is done through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and carried out by conducting research, securing patents, and cultivating commercialization partners. The company has developed a way to improve scramjet engine ignition; created a membrane that separates carbon dioxide from a spacesuit environment to enable longer space walks; and invented a way to map and remove coke deposits to improve rocket engine performance. For more information, visit www.rxnsys.com.

ADAPT Welcomes New Member Concept Laser

Posted on | December 30, 2016 | No Comments

 Company is the first manufacturer of 3D metal printers to join consortium

 

Golden, CO – ADAPT, the Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies, a research consortium focused on developing technologies to accelerate the certification and qualification of 3D printed metal parts, welcomes new member Concept Laser, a pioneer in 3D metal printing with U.S. headquarters in Grapevine, Texas. 

“We’re honored to be part of ADAPT and its mission to provide leading R&D data on metal additive manufacturing,” said John Murray, President and CEO of Concept Laser Inc. “We are particularly pleased to be the first member that is a manufacturer of additive metal machines. We look forward to sharing our unique perspective as a manufacturer, as well as receiving valuable feedback from users.”

“We are excited to welcome Concept Laser to ADAPT and to extend our focus beyond helping businesses qualify parts to include helping manufacturers of 3D metals printers improve their technologies,” said ADAPT Technical Director Aaron Stebner.

About Concept Laser

Concept Laser GmbH is one of the world’s leading provider of machine and plant technology for the 3D printing of metal components. Founded by Frank Herzog in 2000, the patented LaserCUSING® process – powder-bed-based laser melting of metals – opens up new freedom to configuring components and also permits the tool-free, economic fabrication of highly complex parts in fairly small batch sizes.

Concept Laser serves various industries, ranging from medical, dental, aerospace, toolmaking and mold construction, automotive and jewelry. Concept Laser machines are compatible with a diverse set of powder materials, such as stainless steel and hot-work steels, aluminum and titanium alloys, as well as precious metals for jewelry and dental applications. Concept Laser Inc. is headquartered in Grapevine, Texas and is a US-based wholly owned subsidiary of Concept Laser GmbH. For more information, visit www.conceptlaserinc.com. LaserCUSING® is a registered trademark of Concept Laser.

 

About ADAPT

The Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT) is a research and development organization dedicated to the creation of next-generation data informatics and advanced characterization technologies for additive manufacturing technologies. ADAPT uses these tools to help industry and government qualify, standardize, assess, and optimize advanced manufacturing processes and parts. Several levels of membership to the ADAPT consortium are available. Founding industry members include Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Faustson Tool, Lockheed Martin, Citrine Informatics. Grant funding from the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT) was provided to Manufacturer’s Edge and The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership. For more information, find ADAPT on the webLinkedInFacebook, or Twitter.

NoCo Hemp Expo Returns to Loveland, Colorado, Continues Growth in 2017

Posted on | December 9, 2016 | No Comments

Largest Hemp Expo in the U.S. Plans 125+ Exhibitors, 4,000+ Attendees March 31 & April 1, 2017

Loveland, CO – The NoCo Hemp Expo, the largest hemp-centric event in the U.S., returns to The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland, Colorado for its fourth year March 31 and April 1, 2017. The event, dedicated to Setting the Stage for Hemp Tomorrow, is the most diverse scene anywhere for manufacturers, sellers, investors and consumers of industrial hemp products to connect and learn more about the fast-growing industrial hemp business.

“There’s an urgent need and strong interest across the country to put Americans to work and again lead the world in manufacturing. Hemp is the sustainable crop to make America great again,” said Expo Founder Morris Beegle. “Industrial hemp production opens the door to a wide range of manufacturing jobs and provides carbon offset to fossil fuels from growing and creating products with hemp.”

The 4th NoCo Hemp Expo provides a place to connect and learn for those in the industry and those interested in learning more about hemp, a low-to-no THC miracle plant. Many health advocates consider it a superfood because of its nutritional value and a wide variety of wellness benefits.

With some 30+ sponsors lined up, many returning after last year, the event has a limited number of sponsorship opportunities and exhibitor spaces still available, with a 10% early-bird discount available (use EARLY10 code) through December 15, 2016 or until sold out. Attendee early bird tickets go on sale December 15, 2016 at NocoHempExpo.com. After growing from 350 attendees in 2014 to 1,250 in 2015 and more than 3,200 in 2016, the 2017 event expects more than 4,000 people from around the world.

“Each year, to a growing audience, the NoCo Hemp Expo shines the spotlight on the industry’s products, producers, innovators, educators, and most of all, the truth,” added Beegle. “The benefits and potential of hemp are clear, and the more we do to educate people about that, and get hemp products available and in use everywhere, the more people realize those benefits.”

Expo events include two full expo halls; a dedicated business/industry day; the Hemp Summit with Cannabis Professional Advancement Series (CPAS) for attorneys, accountants and professional services; Fashion Alley; an Artists & Activists Tent; as well as expert speakers, workshops, demonstrations, and countless other educational and networking opportunities and a post-expo concert.

About NoCo Hemp Expo 4, Colorado Hemp Company and TreeFreeHemp

WAFBA LLC (We Are For Better Alternatives) is home to the NoCo Hemp Expo, TreeFreeHemp and Colorado Hemp Company, located in Loveland, Colorado and operating since 2012. Areas of focus include product and brand development, marketing, printing, production, events and advocacy. Learn more at NocoHempExpo.com, and find us on Facebook and Twitter.

ADAPT Additive Manufacturing Consortium Shares Progress, Receives Commitment for First Membership

Posted on | June 30, 2016 | No Comments

New equipment, funding, member commitment, R&D

marks productive six months of consortium work

 

GOLDEN, CO, June 23, 2016 — ADAPT, the Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies, a research consortium focused on developing technologies to accelerate the certification and qualification of 3D printed metal parts – technologies at the forefront of advanced manufacturing – has issued an update on progress made during its first six months of work, including a commitment from its first member organization.

 

Reaction Systems, Inc., which develops leading-edge technologies, has committed to become ADAPT’s first member. “I’m impressed with the center and how much they’ve accomplished so quickly with x-ray tomography,” said David T. Wickham, Reaction Systems’ president. “We have a project with a branch of the armed forces to make a part using additive manufacturing. It has an intricate interior channel that can only be made this way. If it moves forward, our production volume jumps, and we’ll need ADAPT’s expertise to show it can withstand rigorous conditions. They’ve already demonstrated they can provide useful data to help us do that, and membership expands our capabilities and expertise in using catalysts on complex surfaces.”

 

“When we first met, they were looking at conventional machining to create this part,” notes Heidi Hostetter of ADAPT founding industry member Faustson Tool. “A complex part, accelerated schedule, and low volume was tailor-made for 3D metal printing. We worked with them to make the part in a few days, where it may have taken six weeks with conventional machining. This emerging technology has countless applications, including defense and national security. With every project we do, along with ADAPT’s research, we show people its power and potential.”

 

ADAPT has secured additional funding recently from several sources. Colorado School of Mines Materials Engineering Associate Professor Jeff King and Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor and ADAPT Technical Co-Director Douglas Van Bossuyt received a $500,000 grant from the Department of Energy to study radiation tolerance of 3D-printed metals. Confluent Medical Technologies gave a $100,000 gift to establish a named fellowship at Mines and support research toward 3D printing of shape memory alloy medical devices.

 

In the lab, Faustson provided eight build plates, Inconel powders and argon gas. Staff is currently testing 5,000 printed metal parts. A database interface based on technology from founding partner Citrine Informatics has been created, and publications are being prepared for submission this summer. Equipment procured and installed includes a Zeiss Xradia 520 Versa 3D X-ray microscope; a Keyence VHX-5000 optical measurement system; servo-hydraulic mechanical test equipment from MTS Systems Corp., and other metallurgical prep equipment, in addition to the Concept Laser M2 Cusing MultiLaser machine at Faustson Tool’s facility.

 

Staffing includes a full-time research and operations manager, two new doctoral research assistants, with three more starting in August; a fellowship; two new teaching assistants starting in August; as many as a dozen undergraduates in the work-study program; several research volunteers from the Colorado School of Mines undergraduate ranks; and a summer intern from Red Rocks Community College funded by the National Science Foundation.

 

As ADAPT continues its work, the consortium is actively seeking additional academic and industry partners to support and contribute to its research on important additive manufacturing areas and utilize the center to push their manufacturing capabilities beyond the current state and into cutting-edge 3D metal additive methods.

 

About ADAPT

The Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT) is an R&D organization dedicated to creating next-generation data informatics and advanced characterization technologies for additive manufacturing technologies. ADAPT helps industry and government qualify, standardize, assess, and optimize advanced manufacturing processes and parts. Several levels of membership to the ADAPT consortium are available. Founding industry members include Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Faustson Tool, Lockheed Martin, and Citrine Informatics. Grant funding from the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT) was provided to Manufacturer’s Edge and The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership. For more information, find ADAPT on the web, LinkedIn,Facebook, or Twitter.

ADAPT Additive Manufacturing Consortium Hosts Open House

Posted on | June 20, 2016 | No Comments

Facility tours, equipment demonstrations, overview of R&D efforts scheduled

 

Golden, CO – ADAPT, the Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies, a research consortium focused on developing technologies to accelerate the certification and qualification of 3D printed metal parts – technologies at the forefront of today’s advanced manufacturing industries – will host a public open house on Thursday, June 23, 2016. The event, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., will be held at the ADAPT Advanced Characterization Center on the Colorado School of Mines campus, Brown Hall W230, 1610 Illinois St., Golden, Colorado. Parking in any “blue” campus lot is free after 4:30 pm (lots at 18th & Illinois and on Elm between 15th & 17th are close). RSVP via this link is requested.

“We are excited to showcase the new ADAPT Center to Colorado business, academia, and the general public,” says ADAPT Executive Director Tom Bugnitz. “With this center we have the foundation for making Colorado the center of the world for metal additive manufacturing expertise, and Colorado manufacturers have first access to groundbreaking research. We’ve assembled leading-edge tools to help Colorado manufacturers and academic researchers learn and understand more about metal additive manufacturing than their counterparts anywhere else in the world. We hope prospective ADAPT members will see the value of what we’ve created and join us in making Colorado the world leader in metal additive technologies.”

Tours of the ADAPT lab will include demonstrations of a new Zeiss Xradia 520 Versa 3D X-ray microscope, the Keyence VHX-5000 optical measurement system, servo-hydraulic mechanical test equipment from MTS Systems Corporation, other metallurgical prep equipment, and the ADAPT-Citrination database.

ADAPT Technical Director Aaron Stebner notes, “The key element tying this equipment and research together is using data and artificial intelligence to learn from our analyses. Beyond giving our partners results, with this database we’re creating new ways to design and build parts using data-driven models to position our partners as world leaders in advanced manufacturing.”

There will be informal discussions on the team’s work during its first six months of research and development efforts, including work on alloys for additive manufacturing and real-time monitoring of the metal additive process. Drinks and heavy appetizers will be served.

For those attending the National Space & Missile Materials Symposium in Westminster, Colorado June 20-23, the Center is a short trip from the Westin Westminster host venue.

As ADAPT continues its work, the consortium is actively seeking academic and industry partners to support and contribute to its work focused on investigating important additive manufacturing areas, including work on advanced structure-property characterizations of metals, including sub-micron-resolved computed tomography (CT) and diffraction contrast tomography, thermomechanical testing, 3D surface metrology, and state-of-the-art optical microscopy and sample preparation. Analysis is underway on more than 5,000 specimens with respect to build geometry, power, speed, and number of lasers used, and more, to build a robust database.

Brown Hall is the current home of the ADAPT Characterization Center, but once the under-construction CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering is complete, ADAPT will relocate there.

About ADAPT

The Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT) is a research and development organization dedicated to the creation of next-generation data informatics and advanced characterization technologies for additive manufacturing technologies. ADAPT uses these tools to help industry and government qualify, standardize, assess, and optimize advanced manufacturing processes and parts. Several levels of membership to the ADAPT consortium are available. Founding industry members include Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Faustson Tool, Lockheed Martin, Citrine Informatics. Grant funding from the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT) was provided to Manufacturer’s Edge and The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership. For more information, find ADAPT on the web, Facebook, or Twitter.

25th Annual Colorado Governor’s Art Show & Sale Announces Show Honors

Posted on | June 17, 2016 | No Comments

GovArtShowLogoBest of Show “In the Wings” is a collaborative piece by DeDecker and Kinkade

 

Loveland, CO – The Colorado Governor’s Art Show & Sale is pleased to announce the most outstanding works from this year’s show, including Best of Show, a special Award of Merit from show sponsor Western Art Collector magazine, and 10 other Awards of Merit. The work named Best In Show this year is “In the Wings,” a sculpture that was a collaborative effort between Jane DeDecker and Alyson Kinkade.

 

“The judges’ selection this year for our Best in Show award was unanimous,” reported John Kinkade, board member for the Show. “It was a surprise to have a sculpture win given that, for the last 24 years, all prior Best in Show honors have gone to painters.”

 

Jane DeDecker and Alyson Kinkade said of the award, “We are thrilled that ‘In the Wings’ won Best of Show this year. We feel the Arts are about connections, so it is exciting to us for a collaboration that celebrates sculpture and painting to have won because the Governor’s Art Show embraces both mediums and unites the community in an appreciation of Colorado’s great art so well.

 

“We set out to create a piece that embodies the synergy of collaboration; much like dance itself – the individual contributes their own part to the larger composition. The act of collaborating sets ego aside to utilize the greatest aspect of each to see the best resolution of the end product. The work is a departure for each but derivative of past works and, like all art; it is an extension of our entire history.

 

“What really sets this composition apart are the dualities throughout the piece; through color and the materials used, our method of creating, how the figures are both together and apart; the tension from these dualities draw the viewer in. It is radiant and explosive.”

 

The Western Art Collector’s Award of Merit was given to “The Nightmare,” by Nathan Solano.

 

The show also presented Awards of Merit to:

 

York commented, “I feel so fortunate to have been selected for this year’s exhibition, and to help celebrate the show’s 25-year commitment to Colorado art and artists. And of course the opportunity to share my work and talk about my process with such an engaging and supportive audience is always a joy.”

 

The 2016 Colorado Governor’s Art Show & Sale, presented by the Thompson Valley and Loveland Rotary Clubs, celebrates 25 years of supporting Colorado artists and fundraising for local and international charities.

 

Beneficiaries of Art Sales

Funds raised through the sale of art at the Show are given to a wide variety of causes and groups, both locally and internationally, and for art scholarships for local students and Rotary Youth Leadership Camp scholarships. Local charities that received funds in the last year include Loveland CreatorSpace, House of Neighborly Service, Food Bank for Larimer County, The Growing Project, Trailblazer Foundation, Loveland Youth Gardeners, and Live-Laugh-Love-Believe, Inc. International funding has been provided for shelter boxes for Haiti, medical supplies for those in need around the world, clean water projects in Nicaragua and Burma, shoes for children in Thailand, and Rotary International’s “Stamp Out Polio” project.

 

Further Information

For a complete list of artists in the 2016 Colorado Governor’s Art Show & Sale, including images of all the works for sale in this year’s show, to find more information on the Show’s slate of events, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.governorsartshow.org, call 970-670-0335 or email director@governorsartshow.org. Learn more at the event’s Facebook page.

25th Annual Colorado Governor’s Art Show & Sale Introduces its Legacy Artists Program

Posted on | April 26, 2016 | No Comments

Kim English, Quang Ho, Fritz White are first to be featured

Loveland, CO – The Colorado Governor’s Art Show & Sale is pleased to announce a new Legacy Artists program as part of this year’s Silver Anniversary Celebration. Each year, selected artists who have participated in the Show in years past and have works in the City of Loveland’s Art In Public Places collection will be invited back to the show as part of a special exhibit and sale of their works. Quang Ho and Kim English will have work displayed and available for sale at this year’s show, along with a display from the estate of sculptor Fritz White, during the run of the Show’s 25thExhibit at the Loveland Museum/Gallery April 24 – May 29.

“There has been an amazing wealth of talent presented over the 25 years of the Colorado Governor’s Show,” said John Kinkade, board member for the Show. “Many of our participating artists’ careers have grown beyond imagination. With that success has come busy schedules and a demand for work that is sometimes difficult for artists to fulfill. The Legacy Program was conceived to honor that success and talent, bring prestige to the Show and allow up-and-coming artists to meet and display their art with Colorado’s best. It is a winning opportunity for everyone.”

Works included in this year’s Show by these three artists are:

  • English, “September Sidewalks,” 18×18
  • Ho, “Western Skies,” 16×24
    • “Snow in Cherry Creek,” 16×24
  • White, “Wyoming,” 13.75h x 7.5w x 7.5d
    • “Sunday in Old Santa Fe,” 20.5h x 10w x 9d
    • “Jesse Tananer Rankin – Lawman,” 18h x 6.5w x 8.25d

The Show is also proud to display White’s “Grandmother’s Washday,” which will be placed by the Loveland High Plains Arts Council in the Benson Sculpture Garden this summer. It will be installed there in June, along with several other pieces, including works by Sandy Graves and Daniel Glanz, who are also part of this year’s Colorado Governor’s Art Show & Sale. A dedication ceremony for the new pieces will be held July 16.

“Fritz White, one of the art godfathers of the Loveland artist community, was an active Rotarian in the Thompson Valley Rotary Club,” notes Kinkade. “He was instrumental in creating the Colorado Governor’s Art Show and hosted the first two parties and his phenomenal church/studio.”

“The Show has always been a great event,” said English. “I remember doing a demonstration at one of the early shows and what a positive experience it was at that time of my art career.”

“I think that my first show was the second Governor’s Show,” recalled Ho. “I was so excited to be a part of it that I drove all the way from Mexico to participate in the Gala.”

Quang Ho is a Vietnamese-American illustrator and painter who was sponsored by a family in Denver when he emigrated to the United States with his mother and siblings. He earned a scholarship to the Colorado Institute of Art and graduated in 1985 with Best Portfolio Award. He is an educator offering painting workshops and has taught at the Denver Art Students League. His work is collected nationally and internationally, and he has been featured in Southwest Art magazine. His illustrations have also been featured in the Illustrators Annual and the Communication Arts Illustrations.

Kim English is a Colorado-based painter and educator who has taught at the Rocky Mountain School of Art, the Art Students League of Denver, and the Scottsdale Artists School. His paintings have a wide variety of subject matter but capture movement and everyday moments. He is well-known for his masterful use of light in his paintings, and he completes his paintings in one sitting, saying that immediacy is a key component of his method. His work has been widely exhibited, including the National Academy of Design, Art for the Parks, the Colorado Governor’s Invitational – Loveland Museum, and the Oil Painters of America showcase. He has also won the Certificate of Merit and the Joseph Hartley Memorial Award twice.

Sculptor Fritz White helped put Loveland on the map in the sculpture community. Originally from Ohio, White took college-level art classes when he was just 12. It was not until 1961, however, that his career in sculpture began. Like the other Legacy Artists, he was an educator and taught many courses in sculpture, including classes at the Jewish Community Center in Loveland. White was also one of the founders of the Sculpture in the Park show in Loveland, a show which has become the largest juried sculpture show in the country with over 2,000 sculptures by 160 sculptors. White passed away in 2010 but continued to work on his sculptures from home in his final days. His wife hopes that his work will continue to inspire artists, and his recognition as a Legacy Artist is one example that he continues to be an influencer.

Works by each of these three artists will be exhibited in the Green Room at the south end of the Loveland Museum/Gallery. Pieces from each will be available for purchase, and proceeds from sales will be donated to foundations supported by the Loveland and Thompson Valley Rotary Clubs.

The 2016 Colorado Governor’s Art Show & Sale, presented by the Thompson Valley and the Loveland Rotary Clubs, celebrates 25 years of supporting Colorado artists and fundraising for local and international charities.

All art in this year’s show will be available for purchase beginning the evening of the Gala and during the run of the show. Purchase of Gala tickets includes an invitation to view the Show during a special VIP preview event April 22 at the Loveland Museum/Gallery. Gala tickets are available onlineand at the re-FINE-d Gallery, 225 E 4th Street, Loveland.

Beneficiaries of Art Sales

Funds raised through the sale of art at the Show are given to a wide variety of causes and groups, both locally and internationally, and for art scholarships for local students and Rotary Youth Leadership Camp scholarships. Local charities that received funds in the last year include Loveland Creatorspace, House of Neighborly Service, Food Bank for Larimer County, The Growing Project, Trailblazer Foundation, Loveland Youth Gardeners, and Live-Laugh-Love-Believe, Inc. International funding has been provided for shelter boxes for Haiti, medical supplies for those in need around the world, clean water projects in Nicaragua and Burma, shoes for children in Thailand, and Rotary International’s “Stamp Out Polio” project.

Further Information

For a complete list of artists in the 2016 Colorado Governor’s Art Show & Sale, including images of all the works for sale in this year’s show, to find more information on the Show’s slate of events, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.governorsartshow.org, call 970-670-0335 or email  director@governorsartshow.org. Learn more at the event’s Facebook page.

Faustson Honored at Inaugural Colorado Manufacturing Awards

Posted on | April 20, 2016 | No Comments

Arvada firm recognized for innovative work in contract manufacturing

Faustson, a worldwide leader in the machining industry, emerged as the winner in the inaugural Colorado Manufacturing Awards’ contract manufacturing category. CompanyWeek noted that this, of the 10 categories the awards took nominations for, was the most difficult to judge.

“If food and beverage has become Colorado’s national manufacturing calling card, its Contract Manufacturing sector, today boasting world-class advanced fabricators in technology sectors like aerospace and bioscience, may be its future,” wrote CompanyWeek Founder Bart Taylor. “Metal 3D printing innovator Faustson Tool and its blue chip roster of clientele emerged in a close vote.”

The awards, organized and presented by CompanyWeek and Manufacturer’s Edge with CACI, the Colorado Chamber of Commerce, named 10 winners at an event last week from three nominees in each of 10 categories. The theme for this year was “Competitiveness,” with a goal to recognize market-leading, uber-competitive companies building a sustainable competitive edge. Companies transforming industries with products, process, vision, leadership, workforce, strategy, or anything that gives them an edge.

Nominees were evaluated on criteria that included business performance, product or process excellence, innovation, employee involvement, and culture. Other category winners included Modular Electronics in Aerospace & Electronics; Voormi in Lifestyle & Consumer; Mountainside Medical in Bioscience & Medical; Fresca Foods in Food & Beverage; Ska Brewing in Beer & Brewing; Colorado Malting Company in Supply Chain; Vestas in Energy & Environment; Faustson client Woodward in Industrial; and RK in Build Environment.

“It was an honor just to be nominated in such an aggressive and competitive category, but a complete shock, and one we were humbled by, to win,” said Faustson Vice President Heidi Hostetter. “We have always had the mantra that we need to be the ‘Ritz’ of our industry and we will continue to carry that mantra out. This award is validation that we’re doing what our manufacturing partners expect. To be a contract manufacturer in this day in age means you must really engage with different industries and customers and be able to pivot and adapt quickly. We hear you Colorado, and we will continue to service you to the absolute best of our abilities.”

About Faustson Tool

Faustson Tool, a worldwide leader in the machining industry, provides services for clients worldwide in the medical, aerospace, aeronautics, defense, semiconductor and other industries. The company, founded in 1982, provides additive manufacturing/3D metal printing, 3-, 4- and 5-axis milling and 5-axis EDM services, as well as turning capabilities for cutting-edge custom part production, and efficient production of standard parts. Faustson Tool is woman owned and operated small business. For more information, visit www.faustson.com, email hhostetter@faustson.com or call (303) 420-7422.

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